ANNUAL NOTICE OF FEES FOR 2020/21
The cost of your allotment is divided into two parts, the first being the tenancy fee charged by the parish council and the second being a membership fee charged by Pitstone Allotment Association.
Pitstone Parish Council resolved that, for the first time in 8-years, a small increase of 50p per quarter plot was required to the tenancy fee (from £8.50 to £9.00). This fee covers the cost of water, hedge cutting, tree surveys and maintenance, postage to issue the tenancy documents and remedial works to the car park/gate etc that may be necessary. The council does not include a charge to tenants for their administration of the allotment site, liaison with National Trust, nor the public liability insurance which covers the communal areas. Any funds collected by the parish council which are surplus to the running costs are ring-fenced for future maintenance and development work at the allotment site. The council may also contribute to capital development, like the recent track works, from other public funding within our remit.
There will be no increase in your membership fee to Pitstone Allotment Association for the 2020/21 season, remaining static at £6.50. For the convenience of plot holders, this fee is collected by the Parish Council at the same time as your tenancy fee and passed direct to PAA who use these funds to pay for NSALG membership which also provides tenants with ‘on plot’ insurance, insurance for PAA members and the cutting of internal hedges/communal grass.
The total cost per quarter plot will therefore be £15.50 for the 2020/21 season.
However, PAA have resolved to subsidise the 50p increase for plot holders for the forthcoming season utilising donations they received in the previous year. Therefore, your invoice will show this 50p deduction and the outstanding charge will be £15.00 per quarter plot.
Last year, at PAAs request, you will recall that we operated an 18-month tenancy so that the renewal date could move to September, which better suits the allotment growing calendar. Fees last year were therefore £22.50 per quarter plot. This year, we will be reverting to the standard 12-month tenancy.
As per the terms and conditions of your Allotment Garden Tenancy Agreement, the renewal rental will be payable in full on or before 25 September 2020. New paperwork, for your signature, will be issued during August.
We hope that you continue to enjoy your allotment garden in this beautiful location and reap the benefits for your families.
If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mrs Laurie Eagling
Clerk to Pitstone Parish Council